The last couple of weeks have been really busy, with a big revision job in the week and CPD events on both weekends. It’s now Monday morning with a quieter week ahead and time to reflect on my recent CPD.
East Midlands Regional Group of the ITI – Fuddle and AGM
As Coordinator of the EMRG, the AGM is always a big date in my calendar. We tie the AGM in with a “fuddle”. For those of you outside the East Midlands, that’s a local term for a bring-and-share meal. This year we had a record turn-out with 19 of our members joining us. With them came an amazing array of food – Chinese spring rolls, Japanese salad and an amazing meringue cake were just some of the highlights.
It was great to see so many people turn out for the event, some travelling an hour and a half from the more southern areas of our region. While lovely to see the usual crowd, it was particularly pleasing to welcome five new members to the group, both established translators and students.
We always begin the AGM with a recap of the previous year’s events and it was great to revisit some of the year’s successes: our inaugural Building Bridges event with Leicester University, an SDL workshop at Nottingham University, a successful walk at Rutland Water and our monthly evening socials.
As well as celebrating our past successes, we also look forward to the coming year. Plans for our second Building Bridges event at Leicester University in May are already underway. Following positive comments from members about our weekend walks, we have decided to run fewer weekday evening pub visits and more weekend activities. By making these changes, hopefully we will be more inclusive as a group, inviting people to bring along partners, children and pets as well as welcoming those who perhaps don’t feel comfortable in a pub environment.
While some may say that the Coordinator position requires a lot of time and effort, I feel immensely proud to be in the driving seat of such a positive, motivated group of people. I have learnt so much from my co-members and I would say the EMRG has been not only a hugely positive influence, but one of the most important factors as I begin my career as a translator. The opportunities to meet with other translators and to talk to them about their experiences are priceless.
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